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A 90210 Wardrobe on an Anytown, U.S.A. Budget


If you happened to catch the new 90210 last week, I’m assuming you’re in agreement with me that the show itself was rather hard to watch. Good thing there were some cute outfits to add something worth looking at.

Obviously, since most of us don’t live in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the country, we can’t afford to wear designer duds on a daily basis, but achieving the look of the new class of West Beverly Hills High doesn’t have to cost you your firstborn. With a trip to your local Target, Express or Forever 21 (my personal faves for inexpensive fashion) or a few mouse clicks, you can pull together a great 90210-inspired ensemble.

As the weather begins to cool, but before it gets too chilly, rockin’ out a cute pair of denim shorts, a corset top and a blazer is an adorable look that Naomi showed off… every day…for the entire episode. I found an entire outfit like this at Forever 21 for a grand total of $70. (Click on the images to shop!)

Like any show about rich high school kids, there were plenty of parties and, thus, party dresses. Good thing cheap dresses are easy to find! This hot satin number (below) is only $23 at Forever 21 and comes in a vast array of colors. There is also this Forever 21 frock for under $30, or a basic dress that could be dressed up really well with some fun accessories from Target.

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Fun and flirty tops were the other central piece in the show, and again, finding these for a reasonable price (oftentimes under $25!) is an easy task. I loved this top (on sale for $19.99), as well as this one from Express. The shirt below, from Forever 21 (as usual), pairs well with a pair of skinny jeans for a chic and luxe look.

And for Annie’s casual look (which is supposed to be more “Midwest”), Forever 21 and Target are definitely the way to go. Here are a couple of pieces similar to her tanks and hoodies. The shirt below, from Target, is a cute alternative to a boring, everyday tank.

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As is always the case, going to discount stores like Filene’s Basement, Loehmann’s, Nordstrom Rack, etc. is a fantastic way to find great steals. And if you want a few designer pieces thrown in with your cheaper pieces to create a perfectly balanced look, these stores are definitely the way to go.

No matter what, as the oh-so-wise Tim Gunn emphasizes, fashion isn’t about cost or labels; it’s about finding pieces that flatter your body and allowing your personal style to shine through. Yes, even if you’re following the trends of a new TV show.

I'm a 30-something gal navigating life, love and now, a battle with breast cancer in New York City. Friends & family would describe me as a lover, a nurturer, a dork, a goofball, bright, headstrong, blunt and ridiculous in the best kind of way. Among my favorite things are food, laughter, shoes, working with little ones, devoting time to organizations where I can positively effect others lives, the San Diego Chargers, travel and my phenomenal network of friends and family across the globe. I might make you laugh, I might make you cry, but I certainly hope, if nothing else, I can touch your life with my tales of triumph & tribulation, the good, the bad and the ugly.